7.2 miles
967 ft
-958 ft
Avg time
Supporters, Builders, Maintainers & Land Managers of Pass Mountain Trail

  • USFS
    Land Manager

Pass Mountain Trail Details

  • Activities
    • Mountain Bike
    • Hike
    • Trail Running
  • Riding Area
    Usery Mountains
    Mesa, Arizona
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
  • Bike Type
    DH, AM, XC
  • Direction
    Both Directions
  • Climb Difficulty
    Black Diamond
  • Physical Rating
  • Dogs Allowed
  • TTFs on Trail
    Rock Face, Rock Garden, Skinny
  • Ride in Rain
  • Global Ranking
    #20124 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    40 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 95 in Trail Running
    • 80 in Hiking

Pass mountain is part of the Usery mountain park, it's a loop of ~8 Mi. Most of the people ride it clockwise, counterclockwise is also possible, but requires some serious climbing on the east side of the trail.
Typical start point is from Horse staging area parking lot or from Wind cave parking lot. Heading north the climb on the west side of the trail is smooth with a constant climbing gradient; no major technical obstacles (Great view of the valley). Once View point is reached, a great view of Salt river can be appreciated. On the north side of the mountain travelling east, a skinny winding trail will guide you with increased exposure that will test your balance; again great view of bulldog canyon. The amount of technical feature starts to increase but with lesser gradient. This single track will take you to "the Wall' a exposed rock face where the downhill starts. Multiple drops, rock gardens and significant exposure on this section of the trail all the way to the entrance of Cat's peak trail.

Local Trail Association
Traditionally Indigenous Territory
More Stats for Pass Mountain Trail mountain bike trail trail
  • Altitude change
    7 ft
  • Altitude min
    1,891 ft
  • Altitude max
    2,616 ft
  • Altitude start
    1,932 ft
  • Altitude end
    1,939 ft
  • Grade max
  • Grade min
  • Distance climb
    4 miles
  • Distance down
    3 miles
  • Distance flat
    1,831 ft
  • Avg time
  • Avg reverse time
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on Jan 12, 2021
Avg: 3.55 (30 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Groomed
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Ideal
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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      Pass Mountain Trail Trail Reports

      Jan 12, 2021 @ 5:09pm
      Jan 12, 2021
      App says that Pass Mtn trail is 11.6km. WRONG. Did it Jan 12 2021 and distance from North Meridian parking lot going counterclockwise is 14.5 km.
      Jan 19, 2020 @ 9:08pm
      Jan 19, 2020
      Smashed my hard tail through this today, was not expecting it to be that rocky! Had to get off and hike it a couple of times as its very rocky and...
      Jan 3, 2020 @ 4:01pm
      Jan 3, 2020
      Very difficult once you reach north end and head around the east side. I’m sure people know this already but just verifying, lol.
      Nov 10, 2019 @ 5:47am
      Nov 10, 2019
      Trail as usual, Approaching from the south lots of lose rock and gravel to the top. The north side is smooth with lose pebbles.
      Aug 8, 2019 @ 7:40am
      Aug 8, 2019
      I had a blast on this trail today! A young Palo Verde tree most likely saved my life as I had a surprise dismount on the exposed side of the...
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      Recent Ridelog Activity on Trail

      Past Week
      • 1 rides
      • 11 miles avg distance
      6 Months
      • 19 rides
      • 13 miles avg distance
      • 305 rides


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      Dec 24, 2020 @ 11:58pm
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      Oct 31, 2020 @ 3:26pm
      Oct 31, 2020

      Routes with this trail

      EVLT Glampack Ride
      53 miles

      14 Reviews & Comments

      • + 1
      mtbyetico (Feb 10, 2016 at 8:33)
       Only half of this trail is black diamond. The west side has been sanitized. The trail from the south west corner to the north west corner (the large over look) is now a green or at most a green blue trail. nearly every rock has been removed or was rerouted around them. It is also swarming with giant hiking groups that don't want to let you pass them. If you are looking for a hard ride try going counter clockwise and do it as an out and back.
      • + 1
      Lobo1133 (Nov 7, 2016 at 12:23)
       I am a new beginner to mountain biking and found that the East side of this trail was very difficult. In fact I mostly hiked my bike up to the top. But the view at the top was worth it and trail was great on the way down. I don't know if I would go as far as saying all rocks have been removed but I didn't have to hike my bike! which I was happy for
      • + 1
      wharding (Apr 16, 2017 at 10:39)
       Hawes has many better black diamonds with less rocky sections and less hikers. I went early to avoid hikers, but had to pass dozens of hikers along the whole trail. Rocky sections are a great challenges, but too many rocky sections is hard on the tires and I wound off with a flat from pinching off off a section of tire, letting air out. Also, this trail is mostly either easy or difficult, rocky, uphill black diamond.
      • + 0
      ElRichard05 (Dec 2, 2017 at 10:36)
       This was the hardest , scariest trail I've encountered so far... can't wait to do it again
      • + 1
      HK-Mazur (Dec 28, 2017 at 18:33)
       In my opinion the last 1/4 of the loop running clockwise is too rocky (when it really starts going downhill). This is coming from someone who is comfortable going downhill. It's too rocky in the sense that this is all it is. A rock garden here and there would be a different story.

      I would just ride it to the big lookout point and turn back around. Doing it that way makes this trail green/blue (a green that requires fitness and some bike handling skills above being a noob).
      • + 1
      pwhite2021 (Dec 30, 2017 at 23:23)
       Pass Mountain Trail is legit. I started from the Boulder Canyon Trailhead and road the connector over to Pass Mountain. This starts you right at the Northwest corner of the Pass Mountain Loop.

      This north section of the trail has a decent amount of climbing. Nothing too steep and some corners. Keep spinning and balance and you and ride upalmost everything. About halfway through the north face of the loop you will start to get some exposure with some amazing views. Gaze in Boulder Canyon and the Four Peaks! The technical features start to increase at this point. There are several rock gardens you can try to navigate through. Techy up and steady flat gradient up will take turns as you climb up.

      Once you reach the peak buckle up and great ready for some great downhill. There is some exposure in your right. The Downhill starts with a feature called “The Wall”. Try it if you got the stones! If not, simply walk down it. You’ll get to two switchbacks which are rideable. After the switchback the trail turns into pure all-Mountain downhill fun! Rock garden and a few drops are a plenty. Line choosing will make this a rear downhill. Stay loose on your bike and get your butt behind and shred!!

      Once you get to the south east corner it’s undulating techy sections. You’ll ride through this type of stuff until you get to the Wind Cave parking lot. This is where most people will start, and if you do congrats! You’re done. If you started up at Boulder Canyon Trailhead, the west side is a long, steady green climb. Relax and spin and watch out for hikers and horses! This section of the trail system is used by them. Give them a wave and a smile and most will let you go by! Once you get back to the north east corner enjoy the downhill on the connector all the way back to the Boulder Canyon Trailhead!
      • + 0
      Bthall17 (Jun 30, 2019 at 14:36)
       Too rocky to ride and have fun in my opinion.
      • + 0
      mikeberry41 (Oct 22, 2019 at 21:46)
       Not too fun of a trail. The turns are too tight to actually get bike around them and the technicals are just annoying
      • + 0
      Alvarado8 (May 28, 2020 at 22:07)
       West side up and down is more blue and is pretty fun but the west side prepare for the chunk. The west side is black for sure and is rideable depending on your skill level. Coming down the rock waterfall is quite fun and has a high consequence for messing up.
      • + 0
      jdavy (Nov 20, 2020 at 9:10)
       If you ride it clockwise and enjoy trying to find the flow in CHUNK, then this is the trail for you. Very similar to porcupine in moab on the descent. Prepare for a hand a lower back workout.
      • + 0
      BetterRide (Jan 10, 2021 at 15:22)
       One of my all time favorite trails. The sanitized the West side but it still makes for scenic ride and great warm up for the sweet chunky descent and chunky flat.
      • + 0
      Creamcorn1 (Feb 3, 2021 at 13:06)
       West side of trail is blue trail. The east side is hell. Be prepared to walk or carry your bike, but the reward is some amazing scenery.
      • + 0
      jelbaum15 (Feb 14, 2021 at 14:31)
       I walked 25% of the east side. Glad to say I rode it, but if I do it again it will be on foot.
      • + 0
      Matthewryan16 (May 31, 2021 at 11:47)
       Challenging and fun. All rideable with some practice, but a true black diamond on the east section. Can get crowded with hikers when it’s nice outside. Nice change of pace from the smooth trails at Hawes.

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